…Did I Miss Anything?
I've been out and about from midday to almost midnight today, and in the meantime ICM finally announced it's acquired that TV powerhouse, Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency. (I'd been tipped this was happening months and months ago.) It's late, I've got a lot to say about the deal, so check out DHD in the AM. G'nite.
Will Saudi Prince Turki Screen 'WTC'?
I'm told that the Saudi Ambassador to the United States, Prince Turki al-Faisal, left Washington D.C. on Saturday and is cocooning with his family at their Beverly Hills estate for the rest of the summer until October. It turns out the envoy's primary pasttime while he's here is to watch Hollywood movies in his home's well-appointed screening room. So far, the only movie that Prince Turki has requested to see is Paramount's Mission Impossible 3 starring Tom Cruise. I've… Read
Kevin Smith Responds Angrily to Me
I've edited out the jejune personal attacks. But because I'm always in favor of a dialogue based on the merits or demerits of my editorializing, I'm honored to give director Kevin Smith his say. He didn't take kindly to my recent post Hollywood Guilds Ain't Gonna Be Thrilled. (Or else he was looking to pick another PR fight just as he did with GMA's Joel Siegel.) Under the headline “Finke Makes A Stink”, Smith opines on his Internet sites:
“There's a woman named Nikki Fink… Read
Hollywood Guilds Ain't Gonna Be Thrilled
This may set a new low in the scandal of credits gone wild in the movie biz. The Weinstein Company is boasting about creating a unique partnership between Clerks 2 and MySpace whereby the first 10,000 people who linked a designated page to their friends list would be permanently added to the ending credits of the film. This could very well be the most insulting thing I've ever heard, a huge diss, to anyone who's ever legitimately earned a credit on a film. It's the sort… Read
WSJ's Camp Allen Fashion Critique: Bad
How did I miss this? The venerable Wall Street Journal, which has just decided to start an official fashion and design bureau, takes a serious look at “media-mogul fashion” from Herbert Allen's Sun Valley investment confab earlier this month. Sheesh, this is pretty thin stuff. And good thing they didn't glimpse David Geffen who pairs his jeans with either a white T-shirt or plaid flannel shirt. We learn that the media moguls, tech executives and financiers ditch their… Read
4 Murdoch Oldest To Control News Corp.
Click here for the free Google video of Rupert Murdoch's recent interview with Charlie Rose. It's important because Rupe announces his final succession plan: that his four children from his first marriage — Lachlan (middle left), James (near left), Elisabeth (below), and Prudence – will assume control over the family trust that owns 30% of $55… Read
Ari-Watch In — Huh? — Watch Hill, R.I.
There goes the neighborhood. From today's Lloyd Grove of the New York Daily News: “Hollywood superagent Ari Emanuel – the brash, crass, fast-talking model for the brash, crass, fast-talking character in the HBO hit Entourage – has been ruffling feathers this summer in the understated little beach community of Watch Hill, R.I. 'He wears skintight, black-and-hot pink golf clothes – like really high-tech, long-sleeved black Nike tops,' a Watch Hill denizen confided to… Read
3 Big Hollywood Directors Crash & Burn
Box Office Update
It's surprising but not exactly unexpected: three big film directors crashed and burned at the box office this weekend. M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, Ivan Reitman's My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and Kevin… Read
EXCLUSIVE: Jake Gyllenhaal Wants To Play Lance Armstrong in Sony Bio-Pic
Yes it's true — I'm told Jake Gyllenhaal and Lance Armstrong are hanging at the Tour De France together because the actor is the leading contender to play the cyclist in a Sony bio pic being quietly developed. On Sunday, the two sat in a Paris hotel together with friends as American Floyd Landis stood on the podium after winning the 2006 Tour de France. Needless to say, the European press went into a speculation frenzy when the Lance and Jake first showed up together . As… Read
'Monster House' Scares Away 'Lady In The Water' For #2; #1 'Pirates' Past $321 Mil; 'Super Ex' & 'Clerks 2' Bomb Big
SUNDAY: This box office weekend was notable more for which opening movies bombed than which succeeded. Warner's Lady in the Water from M. Night Shyamalan, Fox's My Super Ex-Girlfriend from Ivan Reitman, and MGM / Weinstein's Clerks 2 from Kevin Smith all did disastrous in U.S. theaters. That left it up to Sony's Monster House from Zemeckis/Spielberg and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest to scare away the competition. I'm told Monster House gross was up… Read
Isn't This Jumping The 007 Gun?
“Culver City, CA - July 20, 2006. It was announced today by producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. and Sony Pictures Entertainment, that the 22nd James Bond adventure will be released by Columbia Pictures on May 2, 2008 with Daniel Craig reprising the role of the legendary British secret agent. The story for the latest James Bond film produced by the franchise holders, EON Productions, has yet to be announced. "As we wrap production on C… Read
Mo' Reasons Why TV Critics' Assoc Blows
I love Hollywood Reporter TV bloggist Ray Richmond's “10 Iron-Clad Unwritten Rules” of those dreadful TV critics' dog-and-pony shows put on by broadcasters for them. For newbies, the Television Critics Association represents more than 220 journalists writing about television for print and online outlets in the United States and Canada. Personally, I consider being a buttboy like that no way to report the beat, but I recognize that podunk papers have a harder time getting… Read